Football star David Beckham will make his acting debut in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and there are pictures to prove it.

Beckham, one of the most popular football players in the history of the sport, has long been rumoured to switch to acting post retirement. But aside from appearances in a few documentaries, and a cameo in Ritchie’s previous movie The Man from UNCLE, Beckham has stuck to playing the occasional match, and improving his Instagram game – which is where he shared this first look at his character Blackleg Leader from King Arthur.

Beckham appears to be playing the leader of a squad of soldiers (possibly under the command of Jude Law’s villain). And by the looks of it, things don’t turn out so good for Beckham’s character, who in another picture appears to have been badly scarred.

Beckham was earlier rumoured to be making a cameo in the first Kingsman movie. He also appeared in the comic book that inspired it.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is scheduled for a May 12 release and stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou.

David Beckham makes his acting debut in King Arthur. See pics